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Cliff Eyland
Winnipeg
December 02, 2008
The world has changed utterly since my last post in which I mentioned director Guy Maddin’s Icelandic premiere. Iceland has since become a top around which the world’s financial crisis has turned. Several current Winnipeg shows, all of them scheduled well before the stock market meltdown, can be described as “elegiac,” a downturn watchword. Elegiac, meaning sorrowful, may be a common term in art criticism, but, as you will remember, commentator Rex Murphy had to define it for newscaster Peter Mansbridge during CBC’s Canadian election-night coverage. Look forward to more elegiac art in the months and perhaps years to come.
 
 
 
James Nicholas, Sandra Semchuk, Pravin Pillay, Joys Dancer
 
Afraid of What I Could Become by the late James Nicholas in collaboration with his wife the artist Sandra Semchuk, Pravin Pillay and Joys Dancer is now on at Urban Shaman. Pillay is an East Indian Canadian from South Africa and Nicholas was a Rock Cree from the Nisichawayasihk Nation of Nelson House, Manitoba. Semchuk is a well-known artist/academic. This installation is movingly elegiac: in one video sequence, Pillay sinks bones in a lake while a native (Nicholas perhaps?) sings a song.
 
 
 
Erika DeFreitas
 
Platform’s DEATHS/MEMORIALS/BIRTHS by Erika DeFreitas consists of photographs of Toronto Star memorial and birth notices with the blocks of information cut out. Viewers get to imagine, or maybe remember, the vanished content. I see this work as being in the tradition of the great Toronto artist Arnaud Maggs. Very elegiac.
 
 
 
Sheila Spence’s photograph of artist Don Reichert
 
As I walked through Sheila Spence’s gorgeous Winnipeg Art Gallery photography retrospective opening night, I saw the same friends and acquaintances on the walls and in the room. Some were photographed as long as twenty years ago and many are the subjects of new Spence pictures. One body of Sheila Spence’s work sets itself apart from the artist class I hang out with: images of beautiful inner-city children taken about ten years ago, some of whom have their hands configured in gang signs.
 
Across town at the 803 Gallery, Lisa Stinner’s solo show includes photographs of gardens taken in England a couple of summers ago. Stinner is one of David McMillan’s former students who, like McMillan, makes - yes - elegiac photographs with serious attention given to light, composition and print quality.
 
 
 
A Cedar Tavern Singer entertains during the Winter Warmer sale event at aceartinc.
 
The usual charity art auction sale devalues an artist’s work by giving patrons a bargain, but both aceartinc’s Winter Warmer and Urban Shaman’s 50-500 sales do things right by letting artists keep all the money. Bravo for them! Their attitude will get us through this elegiac slump!
 
 
 
Jennifer Stillwell, Propeller (detail), 2004
 
Best known locally for a snowdrift made of paper towels in a recent Winnipeg Art Gallery group show, Jennifer Stillwell is an endlessly innovative and, indeed, unique artist. Everything she touches turns just slightly weird. Steve Maticjio, the former curator of Plug In, has put together her first major show and it is not to be missed.
 
 
 
Tim Schouten
 
Tim Schouten’s “treaty lands” paintings at Ken Segal Gallery continue the artist’s long engagement with landscape painting as a form of subtle social commentary. We in Winnipeg are often reminded by work like this that all Canadians are treaty people. Along with the James Nicholas show at Urban Shaman, I deem this to be the most elegiac work currently in town.
 
 
 
Rodney LaTourelle, Interval
 
And finally, fellow Akimblogger Rodney LaTourelle is showing at Gallery 1C03 at the University of Winnipeg. I have always associated LaTourelle’s colour-saturated installations with other Winnipeg colourists like the late Ken Lochhead, the late Ron Gabe, and the-very-much-alive Wanda Koop. Please check it out.
 
 
 
Cliff Eyland is a Winnipeg artist. For his website, google “Cliff Eyland.”
 
 
James Nicholas: eegostaman dha wheyteegoeean, Afraid of What I Could Become (in collaboration with Sandra Semchuk, Pravin Pillay and Joys Dancer) continues until December 19.
 
Erika DeFreitas: DEATHS/MEMORIALS/BIRTHS continues until December 13.
 
Winnipeg Art Gallery: http://www.wag.mb.ca/
Sheila Spence: Pictures of Me continues until February 15.
 
Lisa Stinner: Recent Work continues until January 5.
 
You may have just missed aceartinc’s Winter Warmer reception, but the Urban Shaman 50-500 sale happens December 5 at 7 PM. Both shows continue well into December.
 
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art: http://www.plugin.org/
Jennifer Stillwell opens with a reception on December 12 and continues until January 31.
 
Tim Shouten: The Treaty 4 Suite (Adhesions - westward into the Indian country) continues until December 20.
 
Rodney LaTourelle: Interval continues until December 6.
 

 

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